I always get a chuckle when reading an opinion column or guest letter written by an ardent global-warming alarmist who has obviously over-imbibed on the Al Gore “Kool-Aid.” One can count on two things each time — first that the “facts” will either be twisted or contain outright falsehoods, and secondly that anyone who disagrees with their position will be deemed an idiot. Ken Buxton’s March 12 letter to the MDJ did not disappoint me on either count (see poor Dr. Melvyn Fein).
Unfortunately for Mr. Buxton, the famous “97 percent consensus of climate scientists,” a report construed originally by John Cook, and upon which his main argument is based, has been debunked now for more than a year.
A slew of investigative journalists and other independent sources such as Popular Technology and Forbes all found the report flawed from a number of standpoints, including the questions asked, the misrepresentation of various papers’ findings, and not the least of which by adding the names of Nicola Scafetta, Nir Shaviv, and Alan Carlin, among others, to the list of the 97 percent in the survey agreement stating that humans are causing global warming. Those three noted scientists are in fact among the many leading denouncers of that theory.
Hey, come on, just the fanciful idea that 97 percent of any group could agree on one of the most controversial issues of our time should have been a red flag.
In response to Cook, 31,000 scientists have subscribed to the “Petition Project” which presents its own facts that there is no global warming occurring, human-caused or otherwise.
Any legitimate research today into the general subject of “Climate Change” interestingly reveals that there is a growing scientific movement contending that the change is actually global cooling. As far back as four years ago, a number of Russian scientists presented detailed research to that effect, and they have been joined in the last year by noted English, European, and even US colleagues. Just by using one’s own observations and common sense, one can reasonably conclude that theory is every bit as legitimate, if not even more so. The last four winters in the entire Northern hemisphere have gotten progressively longer and colder, while the summers have been cooler and wetter. (My heating and air-conditioning bills concur.)
The current snow pack in the U.S. and Canada remains at record levels with the start of spring just around the corner. The thickness of ice in the arctic is threatening both Eskimos and polar bears, who cannot locate seals.
In January, a large vessel was stuck in unusually heavy ice in Antarctica for weeks — in the very middle of the Southern hemisphere’s summer.
I must admit that I am not smart enough to know for sure if the climate is changing one way or other. I’m still trying to figure out what caused the five, six or seven Ice Ages that we learned about in Sister Joseph Gabriel’s grammar school geography class.
Even more confusing for me then and now is how the atmosphere heated up by over 20 degrees after each one — without a human being even on board. The good sister labeled those of us who dared pose that question as “mischief-makers.”